Saints softball comes from behind, earn split with Cardinals
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 9:06 am

A three-run home run by first-year Hannah Sears and a bases loaded walk to senior Rebecca Allen helped the Saints come from behind in the second game of a doubleheader with Plattsburgh State to earn a split on Wednesday afternoon. After giving up the game-winning run in the top of the seventh to the Cardinals in game one, the Saints rallied in the fifth and sixth innings of the late game to salvage the win.

Kyle Plimpton was the pitcher of record in both contests for the Saints. She allowed just four hits through seven innings while recording 12 strikeouts in game one, and gave up six hits with six K's in game two.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead with runs in both the first and third inning in the day's opening game, but the Saints would pull even at 2-2 in the bottom half of the third on a bloop single just inside the left field line by senior Cailyn Welsh. Both Rebecca Allen and Leslie Stratton, who doubled and singled to center field, respectively, came home around to score.

It remained tied at two until Brittany Marshall singled to left field to put a man aboard for Plattsburgh with two out in the top of the seventh. Brianna Clarke then stepped to the plate and ripped a double to left scoring Marshall all the way from first to give her team a 3-2 advantage.

The Saints were retired in order in the bottom half of the inning to seal the win for the Cardinals.

In game two, it was the Saints who jumped out to an early lead with a three-run second. Sears led things off with a single to left center, and was followed by Kelly Burke who pushed a perfect bunt to the left side of the infield to put two runners on for Carly Dziekan.

Dziekan nearly beat out a throw for a bunt single of her own, but was ruled out on a close play at first. However, she successfully advanced Burke and Sumra Sikandar – who pinch ran for Sears – to bring Natasha Bell to the plate with runners on second and third.

Bell singled up the middle to score Sikandar, but was thrown out trying to advance to second after the throw from center was cut off. Fellow senior Leslie Stratton then put a ball deep in the hole at short, and although the Cardinals knocked it down, they were unable to make a play and allowed Burke to take home to make it 2-0 Saints.

Stratton stole both second and third with Brady Cooper at the plate to move herself into scoring position. Cooper struck out swinging, but advanced to first on a passed ball that skipped to the backstop and allowed Stratton to advance for the Saints third run.

The Cardinals responded and broke out the bats in the fifth inning, scoring five runs on three hits to jump in front 5-3. Three of Plattsburgh's five runs in the inning came via a double to left field by Clarke. Sam Capobianco plated the others with a double of her own.

But Sears made sure the Plattsburgh lead didn't last long, putting the Saints back on top 6-5 with a three-run shot to left center that drove in Allen and Aisha O'Connor who led off the inning with back-to-back singles.

The Cardinals did even things up again in the top of the sixth, but the Saints made pitcher Morgan Anderson pay after she intentionally walked O'Connor to load the bases for Allen, who battled to earn a walk of her own and plate the game-winning run.

Anderson earned the split on the day, despite only pitching two innings in the game two loss.

The Saints, now 10-18 on the season, will travel to Rochester to take on RIT for a doubleheader on Friday.